The Drums of Jeopardy
by Harold Macgrath (9781434482532)

The Drums of Jeopardy
Harold Macgrath
Release Date: 01 September 2007
Format: Hardback
Pages: 412
Category: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Wildside Press
ISBN: 9781434482532
ISBN-10: 1434482537

Harold MacGrath (1871-1932) was a bestselling American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. In 1912, Harold MacGrath became one of the first nationally-known authors to write directly for the movies when he was hired by the American Film Company to do the screenplay for a short film in the Western genre titled "The Vengeance That Failed." MacGrath had eighteen of his forty novels and three of his short stories made into films plus he wrote the story for another four motion pictures. And, three of his books were also made into Broadway plays. One of the many films made from MacGrath's writings was the 1913 serial The Adventures of Kathlyn starring Kathlyn Williams. While writing the thirteen episodes he simultaneously wrote the book that was published immediately after the December 29, 1913 premiere of the first episode of the serial so as to be in book stores during the screening of the entire thirteen episodes. Harold MacGrath's success made him a very wealthy man and although he traveled the world extensively, Syracuse, New York was his home and it was there in 1912 that he built an English country-style mansion renowned for its landscaped gardens. In an article in the April 23, 1932 issue of The Saturday Evening Post written under the title "The Short Autobiography of a Deaf Man," MacGrath told the public how he had struggled early in life as a result of a hearing impairment. At a time in history when deaf people were almost automatically considered as lacking intellectual acuity, he had hid this from his employer and others. Harold MacGrath died at his home in Syracuse a few months after the article was published.

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